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Laws Banning Trans Fat

Commercial vegetable oils used by restaurants for cooking, frying, and baking often contain trans fat, as do many margarines, shortening, and pre-fried foods, baked goods and snack foods. Cities and states are enacting legislation to ban the use of artificial trans fats in foods and beverages sold at food service establishments. Ingesting trans fat contributes heavily to obesity and heart disease. Researchers at Harvard estimate that eliminating trans fats from the U.S. food supply could prevent between 6 and 19 percent of heart attacks and related deaths each year.

Denmark banned trans fat in 2003. New York City was the first location in the U.S. to legal mandate removal of trans fat from restaurants.